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Craftsmen and Jewelers in the Middle and Lower Danube Region

In the Middle Ages, craftsmen and jewellers in the Middle and Lower Danube Region were versatile and skilled in numerous techniques.

 

Craftsmen and Jewelers in the Middle and Lower Danube Region (6th to 7th Centuries)
By  Daniela Tănase
Series:
East Central and Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages, 450-1450, Volume: 67
Brill 2020

ABSTRACT:

In Craftsmen and Jewelers in the Middle and Lower Danube Region (6th to 7th Centuries) Daniela Tănase examines the practice of metalworking with the aim of comparing the archaeological evidence of different peoples in the Middle and Lower Danube in the Early Middle Ages, with a particular focus on blacksmithing, goldsmithing and burial customs. Evidence suggests that the distinction between these specialties was quite fluid, so blacksmiths could craft jewelery, while jewelers were able to create tools and weapons. The study also reveals how the production process and the main techniques employed by craftsmen for the ornamentation of dress and accessories were subject to multiple influences, from Byzantium, the Eastern steppe, and the Merovingian kingdoms.

CONTENTS:

  • Craftsmen and jewellers coverHistory of the Research
  • The Archaeology of Metalworking
  • Sources of Raw Materials
  • Metallurgical Technologies
  • Special Technological Methods for the Manufacture of Clothing and Harness Accessories Made of Non-Ferrous Metals
  • The Tools
  • The Ornamentation of the Dies and of Contemporaneous Dress Accessories
  • The Cultural and Chronological Framework of the Tool Finds
  • Metalworking Craft and the Social Status of Blacksmiths and Goldsmiths
  • Conclusions
  • Catalogue of Finds from Romania
  • Finds from Central and Eastern Europe

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The Avar Treasure c. AD 600
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